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Two More Stories For Christmas

I’ve had fun this month reading a variety of Christmas books. I actually gathered together more books than I had tim to read. Oh well, I’m ahead for next year. There are two more Christmas books that I want to tell you about. I ran out of time to write the reviews before Christmas. 1. […]

Holiday Reading: Amazing Peace

AMAZING PEACE – A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Every fan of Maya Angelou will savor the reading of this beautiful book. It’s a pleasure for all the senses. The paintings are a perfect compliment to Ms. Angelous’s poetry. I can’t do a formal review that would do […]

Holiday Reading: A Homemade Christmas

Subtitle: Creative Ideas for an Earth-Friendly, Frugal, Festive Holiday Author: Tina Barseghian Illustrated by Alison Kendall Published by: Harlequin Books Genre: Christmas Non-Fiction Summary: (from the publisher) Making something with your own hands  -  whether it’s a plate of just-baked cookies, a handcrafted stocking, a homemade wreath, or a hand-folded origami ornament  -  is a […]

Holiday Reading: Christmas Rose

by Robyn Buttars Published by Shadow Mountain Press, 2008 Winner of the League of Utah Writers Award Rosie was two and half when she and her mama moved into a house behind the Pleasant Manor Senior Care Facility. Her mother worked in the kitchen and was allowed to keep her little one in a playpen […]

Holiday Reading: Christmas At The Mysterious Bookshop

Edited by Otto Penzler Publisher: Vanguard Press, 2010 My Rating: A Every year since 1993, Otto Penzler, owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original short story from some of the finest mystery writers in America. Mr. Penzler required the stories be set during the Christmas season, include a mystery, and […]

Holiday Reading: Snow Day

Author: Billy Coffey Publisher: FaithWords (Hatchette Book Group), 2010 Genre: Christian Fiction Format: Review Copy Source: The Publisher My Rating: B+ Peter Boyd is a husband and a father of two young children. He works in a factory and his wife is a schoolteacher. They own a nice home and have money in the bank. […]

Holiday Reading: A Simple Amish Christmas

Author:  Vanetta Chapman Publisher: Abdington Press, 2010 Genre: Spiritual/Romance Format: Kindle Source: Review copy from the publisher Why I Read The Book: I like to read Amish stories. Usually there is a conflict between modern life and the culture of the old-order. In this book I thought I might get a closer look at the […]

Holiday Reading: Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Author: Debbie Macomber Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: Mira Publishing, 2010 Genre:  Christmas Format: Audio Source: Library Why I Read The Book: The synopsis appealed to me. Short Synopsis from the author’s website: (Debbie Macomber) This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley’s, the last family-owned department store […]

Holiday Reading: Country Christmas by Louisa May Alcott

I usually read one or two Christmas books but this year I’m on a roll to read as many books as I can. Although Louisa May Alcott was my favorite author as a child, I did not discover this little Christmas book until this year. I was hoping it would shed light on  how Christmas […]

Book Review: Heideggers Glasses

Author: Thaisa Frank Publisher: Counterpoint Press, 2010 Genre: Historical Fiction Source: Counterpoint Press for the TLC Book Tours Why I Read The Book: I wanted to read more about World Ward II. Plus, the premise of the story intrigued me.  It’s a combination of historical fiction, thriller, and romance. Synopsis from the book jacket: The […]